Dominant Webber rules in Monaco

Just a week after winning the Spanish GP, Mark Webber ruled the roost on the streets of Monte Carlo with a dominant victory in Monaco – moving him into the lead of the F1 drivers’ standings in the process.

The Red Bull ace qualified on pole position and led the race from start to finish, despite a race hit by no fewer than four safety car periods.

When the lights went out, Webber made the perfect start to lead into turn one, but behind, team-mate Sebastian Vettel was able to jump ahead of Robert Kubica. Further back, Rubens Barrichello jumped up to sixth from ninth but Jenson Button went the other way and slipped down to eleventh.

Although the pack made it through the opening corner unscathed, the safety car was soon deployed when Nico Hulkenberg – who had dropped to the rear of the field with a clutch issue – went off going through the tunnel.

There was further drama behind the safety car when points leader Button then stopped with smoke pouring from the rear of his McLaren – possibly down to the team failing to remove a blanking plate from the sidepod as the Briton headed round to the grid.

The safety car period allowed Fernando Alonso – who had started from pitlane due to his practice accident – to make an early stop for medium tyres and it would prove to be a key call for the Ferrari man as the race wore on.

When the safety car peeled in, Webber led from Vettel and Kubica with Felipe Massa slotting into fourth and Lewis Hamilton and Barrichello rounding out the top six. Michael Schumacher had jumped Nico Rosberg for seventh at the start with Tonio Liuzzi and Adrian Sutil rounding out the top ten.

Those positions would remain unchanged as Webber eased away at the front of the field with all eyes on Alonso at the back as he set about making up places. Although Lucas di Grassi in the Virgin made it difficult, Alonso soon cleared the backmarkers and when Hamilton became the first runner to stop and rejoined just ahead of Alonso, it became clear that the early stop had put him right into contention.

By the time all the stops had taken place, Webber continued to lead from Vettel, Kubica, Massa and Hamilton, but Alonso had now jumped to sixth ahead of Schumacher, Rosberg, Sutil and Barrichello – who was one of the big losers during the stops.

Barrichello’s race wouldn’t last for long, however, when he suffered a spin into the barriers at the top of Beau Rivage to bring out the second safety car period. The third caution period would follow soon afterwards while a loose drain near the incident was checked.

A series of quick laps meant Webber was able to build his lead after each restart but there was still a late scare when Jarno Trulli ran over the rear of Karun Chandhok’s Hispania at Rascasse as Webber came up to lap the pair. With Trulli’s Lotus coming to rest on top of the Indian drivers car, the final safety car was deployed which would lead the field round until it peeled off into the pits at the end of the final lap.

That allowed Webber to take the flag ahead of Vettel, with the Red Bull duo now level on points in the standings – although Webber takes the lead having won two races. Kubica had to settle for third ahead of Massa and Hamilton but Schumacher managed to steal sixth from Alonso after the Spaniard got out of shape at Rascasse. Ferrari was set to appeal against the move although Mercedes chief Ross Brawn was sure the positions would stand.

1. Mark Webber Australia Red Bull-Renault 78aps 1hr 50m 13.355s

2. Sebastian Vettel Germany Red Bull-Renault +00m 00.4s

3. Robert Kubica Poland Renault-Renault +00m 01.6s

4. Felipe Massa Brazil Ferrari-Ferrari +00m 02.6s

5. Lewis Hamilton Britain McLaren-Mercedes +00m 04.3s

6. Michael Schumacher Germany Mercedes-Mercedes +00m 05.7s

7. Fernando Alonso Spain Ferrari-Ferrari +00m 06.3s

8. Nico Rosberg Germany Mercedes-Mercedes +00m 06.6s

9. Adrian Sutil Germany Force India-Mercedes +00m 06.9s

10. Vitantonio Liuzzi Italy Force India-Mercedes +00m 07.3s

11. Sebastien Buemi Switzerland Toro Rosso-Ferrari +00m 08.1s

12. Jaime Alguersuari Spain Toro Rosso-Ferrari +00m 09.1s

13. Vitaly Petrov Russia Renault-Renault +5 laps [DNF]

14. Karun Chandhok India HRT-Cosworth +8 laps [DNF]

15. Jarno Trulli Italy Lotus-Cosworth +8 laps [DNF]

Rtd Heikki Kovalainen Finland Lotus-Cosworth 58 laps completed

Rtd Bruno Senna Brazil HRT-Cosworth 58 laps completed

Rtd Rubens Barrichello Brazil Williams-Cosworth 30 laps completed

Rtd Kamui Kobayashi Japan BMW Sauber-Ferrari 26 laps completed

Rtd Lucas di Grassi Brazil Virgin-Cosworth 25 laps completed

Rtd Timo Glock Germany Virgin-Cosworth 22 laps completed

Rtd Pedro de la Rosa Spain BMW Sauber-Ferrari 21 laps completed

Rtd Jenson Button Britain McLaren-Mercedes 2 laps completed

Rtd Nico Hulkenberg Germany Williams-Cosworth 0 laps completed

Fastest lap:

Sebastian Vettel Germany Red Bull-Renault 1m 15.192s lap 71

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The Schumacher move on Alonso was pass of the season so far.

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Wait, no it wasn’t.

Alonso was great.

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Schumacher’s move was illegal mate.

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schumi got penalized 20 seconds so classified down to 12th place. I’m a schumi fan but also a ferrari fan so its all good. Schumi/merc not really anywhere no big difference.

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Schumacher was already penalized by 20 seconds right now. The rules are very clear, but Brawn forgot to inform Schumi about them. His fault.
Ferrari team informed Alonso during the entire lap, assuring that Michael was not allowed to pass under those specific conditions (last lap with Safety Car, the SC will exit to the boxes but drivers are still not allowed to pass until the end of the lap/race).

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why have the rule about the new safety car line and then not use it for the whole race. Utterly stupid

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Damon hill got his revenge lol

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dullest Monaco i’ve seen in a while but well done Mark – faultless drive

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Not right it was a good bit of driving and MS should have had the points

Im a ferrari fan and i think he should have the points we need more moves like that lets get rid of blue flags and have reverse grids Alonso proved you can overtake anywhere

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Thou shalt not overtake in the last corner of a formula 1 race !!

We’ve seen plenty of that in the race itself or didn’t we?

Seriously, why on earth does the Monaco GP need to run for 78 laps ???

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Why did the best move of the race get done? He should get double points for just being ballsy

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15th comment! ^^

Too bad about Jenson, but at least Lewis finished the race this time, woop!

I lol’d when Barrichello threw his steering wheel out of the car. Like a baby throwing a rattle out of a pram.

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Webber dominated, how is he killing everyone by so much (including vettel)? I’m enjoying it, I hope he keeps it up

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Red Bull Racing: “Red Bull gives you wiiiiiiiiiiiings”…………. for EXTRA DOWN FORCE.

Great Alonzo! Did you guys see those overtakes after the tunnel? It was brave and cool.

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Well done to webber. Monaco is a special race, but also it was a track where Webber in lesser cars would always punch above his weight. I remember jag, williams, early RBR days when he would come from nowhere to set a decent qualy and have a decent Monaco race. Having him now pole to victory is sensational. Imagine telling a broken legged Mark a year or so ago that he would be tasting the sweetest of monaco champagne…. You just can’t write this stuff/… Epic Epic Epic.

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go u gooooooooooooood thing WEBBER!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jensons retirement was so funny i couldnt believe myself when i heard them say they left a cover on

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The model is based on time series forecasting model and it has 5 perspectives: 1. If the race is on Europe or not. 2. If the circuit is low, medium or high speed. 3. If the race is with or without rain. 4. The temperature (to separate races on hot or cold weather). 5. The previous results.
With 6 races, the forecasting of championship would be:
1st Place Mark Webber
2nd Place Sebastian Vettel
3th Place Jenson Button
4th Place Fernando Alonso
5th Place Felipe Massa
6th Place Robert Kubica
7th Place Nico Rosberg
8th Place Lewis Hamilton
9th Place Michael Schumacher
10th Place Adrian Sutil
The model shows the forecasting of each race too. To Turkish race, the forecasting is:
1st Place Sebastian Vettel
2nd Place Mark Webber
3th Place Jenson Button
4th Place Robert Kubica
5th Place Nico Rosberg
6th Place Felipe Massa
7th Place Lewis Hamilton
8th Place Michael Schumacher
9th Place Adrian Sutil
10th Place Vitaly Petrov
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Worthy winner.His laps were amazing.He really proved today that he is a WC material.Should watch the video of their celebration. 010/05/get-used-to-it-seb -theres-two-championship- contenders-at-red-bull-no w/comment-page-1/#comment -4057

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As an Australian I am happy to see Mark doing so well, but fact of the matter is, I’m also a bit of a Ferrari supporter and it is worrying to see how quick those Redbulls are, let’s hope the other teams can do something to make the competition a bit closer.

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how are the v8s going for u Garth? im too busy watching f1!

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Good job webber and ur team too.

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